Miami's Haywood ready to take Pitt job

Published Dec. 16, 2010 2:22 a.m. ET

Pitt is expected to introduce Miami (Ohio) football coach Michael Haywood as Dave Wannstedt's successor at a news conference Thursday.

Haywood, 10-15 in two seasons at the Mid-American Conference, held a series of meetings on campus Wednesday with Pitt officials - some of which were spotted by students.

Haywood is the only known candidate for the job, although Pitt also may have had interest in new Miami coach Al Golden and new West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen before they took other jobs.

Formerly the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Haywood was 1-11 in his first season at Miami in 2009 before going 9-4 this season and beating Northern Illinois in the MAC championship game.

Wannstedt resigned under pressure as Pitt's coach on Dec. 7 after going 7-5 during a season in which Pitt was picked to win the Big East. first reported that Pitt had settled on Haywood as its next coach.